y'all, i apologize. i got so excited to do racism that i slipped up and did a dang perjury! pic.twitter.com/sl04VNuTeG— ceeks (@70Ceeks) March 2, 2017
Well, things have gotten quite interesting between the GOP and the Russkies, now haven't they? And NEVER forget that Our Dumb Senator knows more about this than most, as Bruce Murphy reminded us in January. And Johnson never told Wisconsin voters before the November election what he was told in DC.
The details of the mid-September meeting are in a story by the Washington Post, which reported that President Barack Obama had dispatched his counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, FBI Director James B. Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson “to make the pitch for a ‘show of solidarity and bipartisan unity’ against Russian interference in the election,” as a senior administration official told the Post.Well, it's pretty obvious that the only "partisan politics" going on today with Russia involves the GOP's efforts to cover this up and not appoint an independent special prosecutor to get to the bottom of this.
As chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Johnson was one the so-called “Gang of 12,” the top 12 congressional leaders, who were invited to the meeting. (House Speaker Paul Ryan also attended the meeting.) Johnson later confirmed to Politico that he participated in the briefing.
“In a secure room in the Capitol used for briefings involving classified information, administration officials broadly laid out the evidence U.S. spy agencies had collected, showing Russia’s role in cyber-intrusions in at least two states and in hacking the emails of the Democratic organizations and individuals,” the Post reported.
“And they made a case for a united, bipartisan front in response to what one official described as ‘the threat posed by unprecedented meddling by a foreign power in our election process.’”
But Republican leaders declined to join a bipartisan response to the information. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics,” the Post reports.
Buddies? Mutual benefactors?
I'd love to see Ron Johnson tell his constituents what he knew and find out why the Chair of the Homeland Security isn't calling for a transparent, independent investigation to restore confidence in this illegitimate government. But unlike the times when this state had an actual public servant in the Senate like Russ Feingold, (mo)Ron doesn't do listening sessions throughout the state that are open to the public. So I'm going to assume he's in on this Russia coverup and is compromised until proven otherwise.